If you do not want a wireless “smart” meter forced on your home, opt-out programs canceled and disability rights eliminated, please read this email and help this effort. 

Hi All, 

If you do not want a wireless “smart” meter forced on your home, opt-out programs canceled and disability rights eliminated, please read this email and help this effort. 

Safe tech organizations from around the country are coming together to file an amicus brief in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case challenging a wireless smart meter mandate. While this case addresses a PA law, we believe the court’s decision will have far-reaching implications nationwide and therefore this case is of crucial importance. See below how you can join and help this effort. 

The Case
In 2008, Pennsylvania passed a law requiring the installation of smart meters. The state Public Utility Commission (PaPUC) and the utility company Peco, have argued that the law mandates smart meters, and they have used this interpretation to deny accommodation to those whose health is adversely affected by these meters. In October 2020, the PA Commonwealth Court ruled that the law does not mandate smart meters and encouraged the utility company to offer accommodations to those who do not want these meters. The PA Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeals. Read more about the 2020 court’s decision

Smart Meters’ Harm 
Smart Meters are extremely harmful wireless radiation-emitting sources. both because of their proximity – they are forced on people in their homes – and because of the way they operate:  (1) the data is transmitted by up to 190,000 intense Radio-Frequencies pulses a day. Some pulses exceed even the FCC’s obsolete guidelines. Pulsation was found to be the more bioactive element when it comes to wireless harms. (2) The wireless frequencies are not only transmitted outward, but also enter the home’s electric system, turning the entire house into an antenna. 

The Risk 
The risk posed by this case is significant. If the court accepts the position of the PaPUC and Peco, we believe that industry will push state legislatures around the country to pass similar laws, and any existing opt-out programs and disability accommodations will be eliminated. The timing of the case is especially important, as we have been encountering renewed efforts by utility companies around the country to eliminate the opt-out programs, especially analog meter choice. It is possible that this renewed effort is connected to the recent focus on the deployment of ”Internet of Things” (IoT) networks. Particularly concerning is the push to eliminate all health-based accommodation for people who suffer from wireless radiation health effects, even in their homes, as we see also with OTARD. We must fight back against this assault. 

The Opportunity 
The PA case is a threat, but it is also an opportunity to convince the court of our position and to get a supportive decision from a state supreme court. 

The Amicus Brief
For these reasons, we decided we must file an amicus brief and show the court the widespread scientific and medical acknowledgement of wireless harms and electro-sensitivity / radiation sickness. The amicus effort is led by attorneys Dafna Tachover from Children’s Health Defense, Petra Brokken of Safe Tech Minnesota and PA resident Lexi McKnight.   
How You Can Help: 
Let Us Know of Doctors Who Acknowledge Wireless Harms

Because of the denial of sickness by the PaPUC and the electric company, it is very important that our brief shows widespread acknowledgement of wireless harms by medical doctors. Therefore, we would like to get doctors to join a statement about wireless harms that we will file with the amicus brief. If you know of doctors (MDs and DOs) who recognize wireless harms, please provide us with their information by filling out this form
Join the Amicus Brief 

We all must come together to make this amicus brief effort successful. The more organizations that join, the greater the impact. Both incorporated and unincorporated organizations are eligible. To join, please send an email to: PA.Amicus@childrenshealthdefense.org or fill out this form.  We are working on a tight deadline and need to hear from you no later than August 10. 
Please Contribute

The cost of the amicus brief is estimated at $30,000. Please support CHD’s ongoing commitment to 5G and wireless harms issue and the lead it has taken on the legal front by making a donation
We hope you join this important effort and share this email with others. 

Thank you,  
 Dafna


 
Further Information About the PA Case

In 2008, Pennsylvania passed a law requiring the installation of smart meters within 15 years. The state Public Utility Commission (PaPUC) and the utility companies argue that the law mandates smart meters.

The PaPUC has consistently interpreted “Act 129” (codified at 66 Pa. C.S. §2807) to require that all electric utility customers have and accept installation and use of a smart meter at their home. It has routinely rejected requests by individuals who object to these meters and does not allow for accommodations for those who may be harmed by them.

The PaPUC and the utility companies now claim that they do offer “accommodation” whereby the meter can be installed on the property somewhere other than an exterior wall and somewhat distant from the building. There is no opportunity, however, for a utility customer to entirely “opt out” of having a smart meter on the property.

Many (about 100) individuals have requested accommodation, but their requests have been denied by the PaPUC. Four individuals have challenged the PaPUC decisions rejecting their requests to opt out. The other requests in front of the PaPUC were stayed until a final decision in these four cases. In October of 2020, the Commonwealth Court affirmed the PaPUC decision in part and reversed it in part.

The Commonwealth Court decision was appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which agreed to hear a select few issues raised in the petitions for appeal by the PaPUC and Peco and one issue from the cross-petition made by the consumers that desire an opt out. 

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